Winter Paralympics star Mick Brennan plans medal assault in 2018

Mick Brennan. Photo: OP Photographic
Mick Brennan. Photo: OP Photographic

Mick Brennan believes his performances in Sochi have shown him that medals are a real possibility in four years time.

The 34-year-old, from Bircotes, rounded off his Winter Paralympics debut with a 14th-place finish in the men’s sitting giant slalom.

Earlier in the competition he landed top ten positions in the super combined and Super-G events.

Brennan spent nine months of the season out injured with wrist and sternum issues during a less than ideal build-up to his first Games.

But, coming out of it with a lot more than just his pride and health intact, the former serviceman believes he has the discipline and ability to get on the podium at PyeongChang 2018.

“I have learnt that I have managed to get two top-ten finishes and a top-15 finish, some in a 50-strong field, with minimal practice or race experience,” said Brennan.

“So with a successful build up in four years time I can hopefully get one of those shiny things around my neck.”

The only disappointment for Brennan was that he failed to finish the men’s slalom earlier at the Games – disqualified after missing a gate on his first run.

But having previously earned a reputation of either crashing or winning, Brennan is pleased to have proved to his coaches that is no longer the case.

“The coaches always say to me that they are waiting for me to put decent performances in because I have it in me,” he said.

“I have shown that I am capable of world-class skiing and that I can ski tactically and hopefully with more miles under me I can put in better runs.

“I need to start winning World Cup and Europa Cup medals to gain some confidence but that is all going to be building up now.”

On his 14th place giant slalom finish, Brennan added: “We went in with a game plan again and I over exceeded what I was hoping for on the first run.

“I got into the top 15 after run one which gave me a good position when they flipped the field for the second run and I went out second.

“But I may have stiffened up a bit and didn’t ski as well as I would have wanted, as I didn’t improve on my place.”